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  • Amy Winehouse’s family will light yahrzeit candle

    JTA

    July 10, 2012 | 10:33 am

    The family of Amy Winehouse will mark the first anniversary of the singer’s death using Jewish tradition, a British magazine reported, quoting the singer’s mother.

    Janis Winehouse told HELLO! Magazine that the family will mark the anniversary quietly together with prayers and the...

  • The Torah of our lives: On writing the next chapter

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    May 23, 2012 | 10:22 am

    “Boomers [people born between 1946 and 1964] are the first generation in human history … to reasonably anticipate living well and wholesomely into their 80s and 90s, if not beyond,” sociologist Steven Cohen writes. “But not only are Jews (as others) living longer, they are...

  • Old becomes new as couples personalize wedding ceremonies

    by Debra Rubin, JTA

    May 15, 2012 | 11:39 am

    In the months before his wedding, Jon Citel cringed at the notion of having his friends dance him to his bride at a traditional bedeken ceremony, where he would place the veil over her face.

    The concept “was completely foreign to me,” he said. It “felt too traditional.”

    ...
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  • I’m Past All That

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 9, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    There is some unwritten statute of limitations on how long one can whine about a crappy childhood, a negligent parent, a few too many chicken pot pies, summers with the grandparents, days spent on Greyhound buses and with dubious caregivers and creepy neighbors. There is just a...

  • Chasing parental boredom while catching some foreign films

    By Teresa Strasser

    April 11, 2012 | 11:24 am

    I was in seventh grade when my dad took me to see a Turkish movie exploring the lives of five prisoners given a week’s home leave in the aftermath of a coup d’etat.

    Why did he take a kid to see the movie “Yol”? To teach me a valuable lesson about suffering? To expand my...

  • You, with a kid

    by Teresa Strasser

    March 29, 2012 | 5:39 pm

    I’ll never forget asking my therapist the following question when I found out I was pregnant: “Who am I going to be?”

    “You,” she answered. “With a kid.”

    That was comforting that day, on that couch, staring at those Matisse prints, being that person who was terrified...

  • Bills to relax marriage registration rules pass Knesset committee

    JTA

    March 19, 2012 | 10:00 am

    Two bills that would allow Jewish couples in Israel to be married by Modern Orthodox rabbis in the city of their choice were approved by a Knesset committee.

    The so-called “Tzohar laws,” named for the organization of Modern Orthodox rabbis that performs alternative religious wedding...

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